" The South continues to be the most distinctive region in American politics. Over the last half century, Democratic dominance in the South has given way to the emergence of a truly competitive two-party system that leans Republican in presidential elections. In some ways, the region is increasingly like the rest of the country, yet even the degree of change and the speed with which it occurred give the South a distinctive air. The contributors to Southern Political Party Activists examine both the development of American political party organizations and the changing political character of the South, focusing on grassroots party activists-those who are involved in party organizations at the county level. John A. Clark is associate professor of political science at Western Michigan University. Charles L. Prysby is professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
"The essays in this volume provide us with new ways of thinking of changes in Southern politics and are supported by a wonderfully rich dataset.... Essential reading for students of southern politics, of electoral change, grassroots democracy, social movements, and many other topics." -- Clyde Wilcox, Georgetown University
"A splendid book of first-rate, original research about grassroots party politics. John Clark, Charles Prysby, and their fellow scholars have truly advanced our understanding of the Democratic and Republican Parties as competing institutions in the modern South." -- Merle Black, Emory University, and coauthor of The Rise of Southern Republi
"Documents a crucial period of transition in southern politics by focusing on the men and women who do politics at the grassroots. Competently researched and well-written, this collection is a worthy successor to a long line of fine work on the politics of America's most distinctive region." -- John C. Green, University of Akron
"Packed with data and grounded in theory, the editors and contributors have written an insightful book about partisan change in the American South." -- Perspectives on Political Science
"A superlative collection with a first-rate lineup of scholars." -- Ted G. Jelen